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SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1817-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1838 1C, BN (Proof)

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PCGS PR64BN

PCGS PR64BN
PCGS #:
1811
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
12
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$25,850 • PCGS PR64 • 1-9-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 14 R-9.4 16 / 24 26 / 43 TIE
60 or Better 14 R-9.4 16 / 24 TIE 27 / 43 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 6 / 24 TIE 15 / 43 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65BN PCGS grade  
1 PR65BN estimated grade  

Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas Elder 4/1917:922 - Henry C. Hines Collection - Carl Wurtzbach Collection - Dr. William H. Sheldon - Abe Kosoff, 1947 - T. James Clarke Collection - Abe Kosoff 4/1956:300 - Willard C. Blaisdell - Roy E. Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Jerry A. Bobbe - Richard Burdick - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Eric Streiner - Chris Victor-McCawley, sold privately in 1995 - Twin Leaf Collection (W.M. "Jack" Wadlington) - Stack’s/Bowers 7/16/2015:2307, $18,800

3 PR64BN PCGS grade
3 PR64BN PCGS grade
3 PR64BN PCGS grade

Stack's 9/1996:1041 - Dennis Loring - John Gervasoni - Bowers & Merena 12/2003:171 - Superior 6/2004:164 - Superior 1/2005:80 - Goldbergs 5/2005:24 - Goldbergs 2/2006:496 - Heritage 1/2007:443 - Adam Mervis Collection - Heritage 1/2014:2217 - Heritage 10/2014:4604, $17,037.50

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65BN PCGS grade  
1 PR65BN estimated grade  

Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas Elder 4/1917:922 - Henry C. Hines Collection - Carl Wurtzbach Collection - Dr. William H. Sheldon - Abe Kosoff, 1947 - T. James Clarke Collection - Abe Kosoff 4/1956:300 - Willard C. Blaisdell - Roy E. Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Jerry A. Bobbe - Richard Burdick - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Eric Streiner - Chris Victor-McCawley, sold privately in 1995 - Twin Leaf Collection (W.M. "Jack" Wadlington) - Stack’s/Bowers 7/16/2015:2307, $18,800

3 PR64BN PCGS grade
3 PR64BN PCGS grade
3 PR64BN PCGS grade

Stack's 9/1996:1041 - Dennis Loring - John Gervasoni - Bowers & Merena 12/2003:171 - Superior 6/2004:164 - Superior 1/2005:80 - Goldbergs 5/2005:24 - Goldbergs 2/2006:496 - Heritage 1/2007:443 - Adam Mervis Collection - Heritage 1/2014:2217 - Heritage 10/2014:4604, $17,037.50

3 PR64BN PCGS grade  

Kagin's 7/1977:428 - Stack's 3/1996:32 - Deni Loring - Burkey Collection - Kingswood 2/2000:16 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2004:1123 - John Gervasoni - Stack's 7/2008:1136 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5528, $25,850 - Heritage 4/2013:4120, $20,117.18

3 PR64BN estimated grade  

T. J. Clarke Collection - Abe Kosoff 4/1956:299 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:2938, $2,970 - Denis Loring - Superior 9/1999:518 - Bowers & Merena 1/2000:19 - Heritage 2/2000:5297, not sold

3 PR64BN estimated grade  
9 PR63BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1838 Large Cents are fairly plentiful in that at least a dozen examples are known, which is a fairly large number for a Proof coin of that period.  Many of the examples have long pedigrees full of famous names, indicating that they have been known and recognized for many years.  Apparently, the Mint used only the dies for 1838 Newcomb 11 to produce the Proofs, as that is the only variety recongized in Denis Loring's census for the date.

The majority of the known Proofs exhibit brown surfaces, with only traces of original mint color, if at all.  Only a couple of examples have been called Red-Brown and only one example is known with full Red color.

Strike quality is generally good on this date, but occasional weakness can be seen on some of the obverse stars, especially at the top and right.

The price record for this date belongs to the PCGS PR64RD that sold in a Stack's sale in July of 2008 for $97,750.